Crisp hazelnut and fig cookies.

the other day, i had an excellent cheese platter at a bar.
it came with really nice crackers and swelling muscat raisins.
today as i was having my daily baking craving, i thought making biscuits would be nice to accompany some lovely cheese i bought from the market.

i searched in my pantry and found......
some semi dried turkish figs tucked away in the corner!

so i came up with this recipe
crispy hazelnut cookies with dried fig pieces on top.
perfect with some port, cheese and some fresh grapes.

Crisp hazelnut and fig cookies.

225g butter, chopped, at room temperature
2/3 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup hazelnut meal
1½ cups plain flour
½ cup cornflour
6-7 semi-dried figs

1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add hazelnut meal and beat until combined.
2. Fold in sifted flours to form a soft dough. Knead mixture into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
3. Halve dough and roll each half between 2 sheets baking paper until about 5mm thick. Using a knife, cut rough squares from dough.
4. Place on trays leaving about 1 1/2 inch gap between each cookie.
5. Cut figs into slices and gently press down 2-3 pieces on each cookie.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes in a 180 degree preheated oven. Cool on trays.

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